<i>Détente, Ostpolitik</i> and Anglo-German relations

Terry Macintyre

in Anglo-German Relations During the Labour Governments 1964-70

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780719076008
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701485 | DOI:
Détente, Ostpolitik and Anglo-German relations

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This chapter centres on German Ostpolitik in its three phases and the reaction to it by the British government. Britain was a firm advocate of moves designed to improve East-West relations, and encouraged Germany away from the Hallstein doctrine, towards a position that was based on an improved détente with the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries as the best means of achieving a settlement in Europe. The discussion includes detail of a seemingly little-known British Ostpolitik initiative launched in 1966, which proposed a ‘Declaration on Europe’. Like the British reaction to the Peace Note, the Germans were lukewarm about the Declaration, but it was an indication of the state of relations at the time that neither country was prepared to express outright opposition.

Keywords: détente; Ostpolitik; Anglo-German relations; Britain; Soviet Union; Germany; Warsaw Pact; Declaration on Europe; Peace Note

Chapter.  11626 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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